Never Surrender Review

(Warning!! There be spoilers here!! Enter at your own Risk!!)

Diego Carter is one of the top hot prospects in the world of Professional MMA, but a femme fatale lure him into the underground world of pitfighting where if you win, not only do you get money and power but a night with the loser’s woman. Diego rises up in the ranks despite pleas from friends. He later finds out that the promotion is a side project for an international prostitution ring and tries to single-handily stop it.

After trying to figure out for several days to figure out anything positive about this movies, I can come up with only two things. Yes, only two things. One was that some of the women of this film are really hot and the second on is this is totally blatant “car crash” cinema that totally doesn’t know that it is. If you want to see what a real Gary Stu looks like in movies, watch Hector Echavarria in this film.  If you formed a drinking game around how many times Diego Carter is being told he’s the best, I will guarantee you will definitely die of alcohol poisoning. Do Not Try This At Home.

Now MMA-sploitation isn’t all that new. Even though it has mainstream attention now, it has been the subject to many direct to video titles all the way back 1998 and the Danny Trejo/Louis Mandelor movie Champions. What’s almost disturbing in these movies is the display of the actual MMA. Normally, when someone makes a movie about the latest craze, they would have scenes or shots showing the full grace and artistry of the said craze. Not so with MMA mainly due to the grappling aspect. Even when Rorion Gracie finds ways to make grappling film able, the movies tend to keep to the more familiar and ridiculous striking format. So, you would think that by having actual MMA fighters in the movie and on the choreography team we finally get to see some action fighting that resembled MMA right? Right? *BBBZZZTT* Sorry. Totally wrong. It actually looked worse then choreographed fighting. Even with the actual fighters (who despite being on the box, were in the movie for about fifteen minutes) looked bad in their action scenes Hector made the sequences slow and clunky that it was like watching something surreal as the fighters strike in slow motion and almost never going to the ground.

Other then the “fight” problem, this movie is just full of cliches and is pretty much a testament to the “douche bag fanboy” fantasy world where putting on ugly ass shirts makes you confidant enough to pick fights with fighters and treat women like objects instead of appreciating the sport for what it is. As a matter of fact, it was this “atmosphere” that emanated from this movie that I (a true fan) found hard to avoid. Sure I can let go of the fact that a 40 year old former kickboxer is playing in his little fantasy land where he’s the greatest ever and Pound for Pound champ Georges St. Pierre is his Burt Ward Robin-like sidekick. I also can let go the fact that this is MMA-sploitation which is usually filled with “underground organizations” that “fight to the death”. But once Hector’s character came off like a douche in the first 10 mins of the movie. Hector will call it “confidence” but I sorry. If your main character gets caught in the most unrealistic street confrontation with a fat and balding 50 year old because he “lost money on your fights”, that has “douche bag fantasy” written aaaalllll over it.

Is this something to pick up? No. Not really. Unless you’re a masochist and love truly aweful movies or you’re documenting MMA-sploitation, try to catch this on cable or by other means. I really don’t see how Liongate picked this up other then hopping on the bandwagon.

6 dry slaps.

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